Examining the reuse of open textbooks


  • John Levi Hilton III Brigham Young University
  • Neil Lutz
  • David Wiley Brigham Young University




Open educational resources, remix, reuse, open textbooks, electronic textbooks, Flat World Knowledge, open access


An important element of open educational resources (OER) is the permission to use the materials in new ways, including revising and remixing them. Prior research has shown that the revision and remix rates for OER are relatively low. In this study we examined the extent to which the openly licensed Flat World Knowledge textbooks were being revised and remixed. We found that the levels of revision and remix were similar to those of other OER collections. We discuss the possible significance and implication of these findings.

Author Biographies

John Levi Hilton III, Brigham Young University

John Hilton III is an Assistant Professor in Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University (BYU).

Neil Lutz

David Wiley, Brigham Young University

Associate Professor, Instructional Psychology and Technology



How to Cite

Hilton III, J. L., Lutz, N., & Wiley, D. (2012). Examining the reuse of open textbooks. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 13(2), 45–58. https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v13i2.1137



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